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1 September 2007 A VERTEBRATE NESTING SITE IN NORTHEASTERN ITALY REVEALS UNEXPECTEDLY COMPLEX BEHAVIOR FOR LATE CARNIAN REPTILES
MARCO AVANZINI, FABIO M. DALLA VECCHIA, PAOLO MIETTO, DANIELE PIUBELLI, NEREO PRETO, MANUEL RIGO, GUIDO ROGHI
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We interpret 13 large subcircular or horseshoe-shaped depressions discovered in Late Triassic peritidal carbonate rocks of the Dogna Valley in Udine Province, northeastern Italy, to be reptile nests. These trace fossils show truncation of strata, elevated ridges of massive sediment, and sediment infill within the depression differing in shape and sedimentary structures from the host sediment. The palynological assemblage of a shaly interbed close to the nest layer indicates a Tuvalian age (late Carnian). Archosaurian footprints, produced possibly by aetosaurs, are on a surface 130 cm above the nest-bearing layer. The trackmakers are considered the most probable nest makers.

MARCO AVANZINI, FABIO M. DALLA VECCHIA, PAOLO MIETTO, DANIELE PIUBELLI, NEREO PRETO, MANUEL RIGO, and GUIDO ROGHI "A VERTEBRATE NESTING SITE IN NORTHEASTERN ITALY REVEALS UNEXPECTEDLY COMPLEX BEHAVIOR FOR LATE CARNIAN REPTILES," Palaios 22(5), 465-475, (1 September 2007). https://doi.org/10.2110/palo.2005.p05-137r
Accepted: 1 October 2006; Published: 1 September 2007
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